Crime and attacks on women in public places still happen all the time. 1 out of every 6 women in America has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime. Staying safe is a reality we unfortunately have to deal with as females in particular, but with the right knowledge we can feel confident in doing so.

Have you ever felt like you were being followed?  Have you ever wondered what you would do if someone tried to attack you? Here are a few tips for safety that I think all women should practice.

Being aware of your surroundings

Being aware of your surroundings can be essential to your safety. If you’re walking alone, try not to place all of your concentration on your phone screen and instead scan the world around you. You should know what’s going on around you and exactly where you are. If you are walking through a parking lot at night, don’t be afraid to ask an official security guard to be an escort to your car, and always check your back seat before getting inside. Many women are abducted in parking lots (there are many hiding places for predators!) so this is the optimal time to be fully aware of your surroundings….

This is an excerpt from the article 7 Safety Tips Women Need to Practice which originally appeared on www.thewonderforest.com.